Since becoming Irish national champion in his debut marathon in Dublin 2012, Paul Pollock has been a mainstay of Irish athletic teams at global championships. With over twenty Irish caps to his name, he has the highest ever finishing place by an Irish athlete at a World Championship, over both the marathon (21st) and half marathon distances (14th). He was the first Irish finisher in the 2016 Rio Olympics marathon (32nd) and already holds the qualifying time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathon. Paul was one of only three European athletes chosen to be an inaugural member of the elite professional ‘NN Running Team’, alongside teammates including Eliud Kipchoge (Sub 2 hour marathon) and Kenenisa Bekele.
Paul currently lives and trains in Belfast and has managed to achieve all of his athletic success whilst balancing life working as an emergency medicine doctor, as well as recently becoming a father. In 2016, he featured in the RTE ‘Road to Rio’ TV series, documenting his qualification and build up to the Olympic Games. In 2017, Paul founded the DreamRun Dublin project, in which he annually selects and coaches a group of ten Irish runners for 24 weeks towards their goal of breaking the magical sub 3 hour barrier at the Dublin marathon. In 2020, he was awarded the Belfast Sports Personality of the Year Award.